Dear Parents and Carers,

I do hope that you and your family have had an enjoyable Christmas break and please accept my best wishes for a successful New Year. May I take this opportunity to thank all our families for your overwhelming cooperation with COVID-19 measures last term.

Following the Government’s announcement last week and as I stated in my email Buckland Primary will be open as planned tomorrow Tuesday 5th January and all children (unless unwell or isolating) are expected to return. The Government has published a list of Local Authorities in Tier 4 where they feel primary schools should not open, and although Surrey is in Tier 4, it is not on that list.

Children who are deemed “clinically extremely vulnerable” will have received a letter from their doctor confirming this, and should not return on 5th January. With regard to children whose parents are deemed clinically extremely vulnerable, the DfE’s guidance (updated on 30th December) states “Children and young people whose parents or carers are clinically extremely vulnerable can continue to go to school.”

Staff who are deemed “clinically extremely vulnerable” will also have received a letter from their doctor confirming this and therefor deployment of staff will need to be changed for this purpose and to accommodate other absences i.e. isolating throughout the coming weeks. We will endeavour to keep as much continuity as possible for the children, but need to be clear that currently this may not always be possible to achieve; keeping classes and the school open is our first priority.

The confirmation that primary schools are opening as usual will come as a relief to some families – and will create a great deal of anxiety to others. To those who feel anxious, please be assured that we are rigorously following the risk assessments and infection control measures laid down by the DfE, and will continue to keep these under review, following government guidance. As a school we are committed to doing whatever we can to protect children and staff whilst doing our very best to deliver active and engaging learning for all pupils inline with Government expectations.

As a school we also have to be mindful that this is a changing situation, and the Government may make changes to their plans accordingly – which we will then have to implement. However, until that point, we have to work with the current expectations but will take this opportunity to assure you that we will inform you if and when any further changes are made.

Consequently, all arrangements regarding drop off and pick up etc remain the same as they were last term. As previously asked can adults please wear face coverings when on the school site in order to protect yourself and each other. I understand some people are exempt from wearing a mask as well. Thank you for your continued cooperation.

  • If adults are escorting children on/off site children in their care MUST stay with the adult at all times, especially when leaving school at the end of day in order to limit contact between groups and families
  • Y3/4/5/6 parents if you and your children are happy – pupils can walk themselves into school saying goodbye to each other at the school gate – again to limit numbers on the school site
  • For Y3 a senior member of staff will be on duty by the Family Centre prior to the double doors being opened in the morning
  • Only parents with children in Reception and Y1 and Y2 should accompany children to their classroom doors, again to limit numbers on site and to maintain social distancing
Year groupDrop off timesPick up timesOnly 1 adult to accompany children into school.   Parents MUST adhere to the drop off and pick up times in order to limit numbers on site.   Please do not linger at the school gates before or after school.
Reception8.30 – 8.402.40pm
Year 18.40 – 8.502.45pm
Year 28.45 – 8.552.50pm
Year 38.40 – 8.502.50pm
Year 48.40 – 8.502.55pm
Year 58.35 – 8.452.55pm
Year 68.30 – 8.403pm

We also ask that you continue to help us by respecting the Government’s directives on controlling the COVID pandemic. Surrey and Spelthorne are in Tier 4 with families advised to: Stay at home. For further details please click on the links below.

We also ask that you continue to help us by respecting the Government’s directives on controlling the COVID pandemic. Surrey and Spelthorne are in Tier 4 with families advised to: Stay at home. For further details please click on the links below.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/tier-posters-medium-high-and-very-high

Thank you for your ongoing support; this is a particularly challenging context for everyone, and your kind words and support mean a great deal to myself and the wider Buckland team.

Best wishes to you and your families,

Rebecca Hutton

Headteacher